Autumn is coming! Transform your favorite summer staples into fall outfits with these simple style tips.
I’m from Texas, born and raised. We don’t really have seasons here. Well, we do, but they are definitely open to interpretation. Early fall in most of Texas is one of the most difficult seasons to dress for. The morning will begin in the perfectly brisk 50s and you can’t wait to whip out your sweater-weather collection. You’re out and about, looking good, feeling great, but then the temperature creeps up to the high 60s, low 70s by mid-morning until it finally peaks in the 80s. Now you’re sweating, panting, cursing your over-zealous fall sweater choice. The next day, thinking you’ve learned your lesson, you decide to dress more lightly, only to find that today the weather is the complete opposite. Hot and sunny in the morning, but surprisingly cloudy and windy in the afternoon.
You just can’t win. A couple years ago, we had baseball-sized hail in the middle of July. Welcome to Texas, where you can experience all four seasons in the same week and the weather channel is irrelevant.
So, in light of my 22 years of experience in this cruelly indecisive state, I have one rule for picking an outfit. Always be prepared.
Of course, these tips are useful and applicable for fall anywhere. They are just especially helpful for those who live in crazy up-and-down climates like Texas! I’m curious, do any of you experience similar weather issues? If so, leave a comment—I’d like to know!
Tip #1: Layers on Layers on Layers
First of all, never leave home without a cute and comfy cardigan! Particularly in that September inbetweason time when it’s not hot enough for just a t-shirt, but it’s not cold enough for a sweater. Why a cardigan and not a jacket? Primarily because cardigans fit easily into most purses (I roll mine up and keep it secured with a rubber band), allowing you the freedom to use it when you need it and forget it when you don’t.
Here are some complete outfit ideas that are perfect for transitioning from summer to fall weather.
The White Tee & Denim Shorts
Take your go-to white tee and denim shorts, a staple summer look, add a blazer, and you’re ready for fall!
Rompers are one of my favorite go-to pieces. So simple and effortlessly cute! If you’re not quite ready to part with your romper collection until next spring, throw on a light sweater!
Or, instead of a romper, put a sweater over (or under!) a fun sundress for a similarly-inspired look.
Tip #2: Choose Your Fabrics Wisely
Fabric choice is always of utmost importance no matter the time of year, but it is especially crucial in between seasons. You want to be sure to choose lighter fabrics that are easy to layer so that you can adjust your outfit in accordance with the changing temperatures.
Made from the fibers of the flax plant, linen is a beautifully light fabric that keeps you feeling cool and fresh in hot weather. I know that you’re not technically supposed to wear linen after Labor Day, but, to me, design (fashion and elsewhere) isn’t about following the rules. It’s all about using your imagination and creativity to push limits. My only critique of linen: Beware of wrinkles!
I mean, it’s cotton. Pretty self-explanatory. It’s the most widely used clothing textile in the entire world. It’s breathable, soft, easy to wear—what’s not to love?
Via Brandi Riffe
Usually woven from cotton, silk, or synthetic fibers, chiffon is a semi-sheer and super lightweight fabric, giving any outfit an airy, ethereal feel. It’s great for achieving the layered look without adding too much weight!
Tip #3: Back to Basics
Building once again on the idea of layering, you can’t have layers if you don’t have any, well, things to layer. Having lots of separates and other versatile items in your wardrobe can help expand your outfit options.
Variety is the spice of life. Stock up on tanks and camis, long and short sleeve tees, both fitted and loose in order to maximize your wardrobe.
Pair a fitted long sleeve shirt under your favorite flowy summer tank to aid in the transition.
Shorts, skirts, leggings, and tights also make great transition pieces. Use a wide assortment of patterns and lengths to give your look a unique flair.
Layer a comfy pair of tights or leggings under shorts or a midi skirt to warm up your summer outfits.
I, for one, can’t wait for fall, especially after putting together this post! Brisk mornings with crisp breezes are my happy place. Hope these tips help make your seasonal transition a little easier and more comfortable. Sweater weather, come at me!
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